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Stefanie Flaxman

Stefanie Flaxman is Copyblogger Media's Editor-in-Chief. Don't follow her on Twitter.

The Powerful Resource You’ve Always Wanted When Presented with Creative Challenges

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In the fall of 2008, I had every aspect of running my online copy editing business carefully mapped out — but the unpleasant reality that callously illuminated my pretty little map was that there wasn’t much of a business to run.

I had a few clients to keep me busy, but I put way too much hope in my bare-bones website.

At the time, I thought that the mere presence of a website would make clients flock to me and graciously ask for writing help. I’d have a steady flow of clients who were happy to pay me substantial fees, and to pass the time between copy editing work, I’d recline comfortably, eat bon bons, and file my nails.

I was incredibly disappointed and frustrated not only because that scenario was not my reality, but also because I didn’t know the most effective ways to promote my online business.

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On Taking Responsibility for All of the Communication You Put Out Into the World

You have to communicate clearly before you can form a bond with an audience

I’d like you to take a trip back with me for a moment to first grade. Specifically, when I got my first report card during my first marking period in first grade.

Like both my mother and father before me, I received a certain comment in the miscellaneous section of my report card.

I got average to good marks in all the subjects I was learning at that time, along with this extra note …

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Guest Posting Best Practices From Copyblogger’s Guest Post Gatekeeper

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Many years ago, when I began developing my personal guest posting strategy, Copyblogger sat atop my “Where I Want to Guest Post” list.

Five years later, I achieved my goal.

So, how did I spend the time between making my list and May 23, 2013 when my first blog post appeared on Copyblogger?

Rigorously practicing my writing, of course.

Although I had high hopes of guest posting for Copyblogger during the early stages of my online copy editing business, it was my rejection from Copyblogger that shaped my subsequent guest posting success.

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How to Spot the Weakest Part of Your Blog Post (and What to Do About It)

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What does a rough draft of a blog post have in common with all the other blog posts by all the other content creators in your niche?

Too much.

I’m sure you’re aware that there are countless other writers musing about the same ideas you are, and in similar ways.

The goal of a typical first draft is to transform your scattered thoughts into a cohesive article that explains a topic to your target audience. But why should readers choose your content over another writer’s work?

If you don’t take the time to revise your rough draft in a way that shows you are an authority, and that you have a solution that isn’t available anywhere else, they won’t.

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7 Creative Proofreading Tips To Transform Your Jaggedy Draft into a Polished Post

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I don’t get it.

When you find an article that is helpful or empathetic to your situation, you want to comment on it and share it with your friends.

You probably do the same when you find an article that is offensive.

What do both of those scenarios have in common? You understand the message the writer intended to convey … or at least you think you do.

So chances are good that the writer proofread the piece with meticulous focus and a creative spirit.

Wait, creativity and proofreading can go together?

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How to Write 16 Knockout Articles When You Only Have One Wimpy Idea

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Many of you have resolved to write more in 2014. Good.

Serious content creators know that each article they publish is a piece of a larger content marketing puzzle — one that expands a website into a knowledge hub that has authentic, useful information on a specific topic.

But as we all know, writing is often the easy part.

The whole coming-up-with-ideas part is what often knocks us out before the opening bell even rings.

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